Saturday, January 5, 2013

Gentlemen (And We Use The Term Loosely), Start Your Engines

WILL THE TERPS CATCH UP? (Tim Lee/Raleigh News & Observer)
Andrew Carter of Raleigh News & Observer takes a look at the entire field prior to today’s start of the ACC basketball regular season.  To read it, click here.


VIRGINIA TECH @ MARYLAND, Noon, TV: ACCN/ESPN3

WAKE FOREST at DUKE, Noon, TV: ESPNU/WatchESPN

MIAMI @ GEORGIA TECH, 2:30 PM, TV: ACCN/ESPN3

FLORIDA SATE @ CLEMSON, 4:00 PM, TV: RSN

N.C. STATE @ BOSTON COLLEGE, 4:00 PM, TV: ESPN2

Sunday, Jan 6
NORTH CAROLINA @ VIRGINIA, 8:00 PM, TV: ESPNU/WatchESPN

Wake Forest Lands Top Recruit

(Aaron Garcia/Union County Weekly)

Wake Forest has landed its point guard of the future. Shelton Mitchell (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson), ranked No. 20 overall in the Class of 2014, made an early decision to commit to Jeff Bzdelik's Demon Deacons on Friday.

"I thought about doing it a month ago," Mitchell said. "They've always been my favorite but I kept it to myself. I gave it a month to make sure and then slept on it again last night. When I woke up I knew. I always wanted to go to school there."

Mitchell was born on the West Coast but he's been bred on Wake Forest basketball, in particular point guard Chris Paul.

Mitchell plays for the CP3 All-Stars, attended Paul's point guard camp and is set to follow in his footsteps. The same coach who recruited Paul, assistant Jeff Battle, was instrumental in locking down Mitchell.

Make no mistake about it, the traffic for Mitchell was steadily increasing and to score a pledge from one of the nation's true floor generals is a significant move for the Demon Deacons.

"They were the first (school) to come in," Mitchell said. "They told me when I was a freshman that I was their guy. I always was their guy."

As a sophomore, Mitchell averaged 23.4 points, 4.5 assists and 5.4 rebounds. This season, he's averaging 21 points and five assists. He's the highest rated recruit to commit to Bzdelik at Wake Forest.

Pictures Of The Day

A general view of play during the Water Polo by the Sea match between Sydney University Lions and UNSW Wests at Bondi Icebergs, Bondi Beach on January 4, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images AsiaPac)
Chad Schofield riding and Rose Pattern (R) wins the Riverside Handicap during Melbourne Racing at Flemington Racecourse on January 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images AsiaPac)
The Dallas Cowboys hold tryouts to find a replacement for Tony Romo.  (MSA/Icon SMI)
Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on January 4, 2013 in Zagreb, Croatia. (Alexis Boichard/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe)
Johnny Manziel #2 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrates a touchdown against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 4, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

(L-R) Ben Malena #1 and Trey Williams #20 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrate a 41-13 win against the Oklahoma Sooners during the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium on January 4, 2013 in Arlington, Texas. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


Friday, January 4, 2013

The Business Of The Coaching Business: UVA Gets Better With Hire Of O’Brien, His Pockets Get Lighter

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When N.C. State canned former head coach Tom O’Brien at the end of this past season, they gave him a $1.2 million buyout of his existing contract.  That buyout included a non-compete that prohibited O’Brien from coaching in the ACC through 2015.

Evidently, after being head coach at State and Boston College and taking his teams to 11 bowl games in 16 seasons, O’Brien was looking to go back to work and doing so cost him a cool million.

N.C. State agreed to waive the non-compete in exchange for lowering the buyout to $200,000 when O’Brien agreed to join Virginia’s Mike London’s staff as associate head coach and tight ends coach.

O’Brien served as an assistant under former Virginia coach George Welsh from 1982-1996, hired London as a defensive line coach at Boston College in 1997 where the two worked together for four seasons.

O’Brien, 64, was fired by North Carolina State last month after the Wolfpack finished with a 7-5 record. Much of O’Brien’s staff remained in place to lead the team in its loss to Vanderbilt in Monday’s Music City Bowl, but one member will now join him in Charlottesville.

Former North Carolina State associate head coach and linebackers coach Jon Tenuta has also been named the associate head coach for defense and will serve as the team’s defensive coordinator. Tenuta, who played defensive back and spent two years as a graduate assistant at Virginia, has previous stints as a defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Ohio State, Kansas State, SMU and Marshall during 32 years as a college coach.

It’s good work if you can get it. 

The Washington Post reports that O’Brien agreed to a two-year contract for $450,000 annually. The Naval Academy grad will also receive a $150,000 signing bonus and is eligible for a $300,000 bonus at the conclusion of the deal. Tenuta agreed to a five-year contract that will pay him $500,000 annually.

It’s Not A Tumor, But Werner Going Pro Anyway...

(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner will enter the NFL draft, the school announced Thursday.

Werner was an integral part of one of the nation's best defenses this season, registering 40 tackles and 13 sacks.

"I'm grateful to Coach (Jimbo) Fisher and Florida State for giving me the opportunity to be a Seminole and play for one of the top college football programs in the country," Werner said in a statement released by the school. 

"After sitting down with my wife, Denise, and gathering as much information, I've decided to move on and enter the NFL draft. I've enjoyed my time at FSU and will cherish the time I spent as a Seminole."

The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Werner is rated as the eighth-best player by ESPN's Scouts Inc. He is expected to be a top-10 pick in April's draft.

Werner was a German exchange student who played only two years of football in the United States before being discovered at a prep school in Connecticut. Werner burst onto the scene as a sophomore at Florida State with 37 tackles, including seven sacks. Werner is a power rusher with quick feet and a relentless motor.

ACC Football Links: It Ain’t Over ‘Til The Fat Guy Typing Says It’s Over

VERNON (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

FSU beat Clemson head-to-head this year, but the Tigers ended the season on top, according to Andrew Jones.

LSU was feeling the heat from Clemson's offense.

Clemson's win in the Chick-fil-A Bowl could have a long-lasting effect.

Five draft-eligible Hokies have been invited to the NFL combine.

Here are five questions facing the Hokies this offseason.

Former Miami coach Randy Shannon has been hired by Arkansas as a linebackers coach.

Duke receiver Conner Vernon will play in the Senior Bowl

Pictures Of The Day


Marie Dorin Habert of France takes 2nd place competes during the IBU Biathlon World Cup Women's Relay on January 03, 2013 in Oberhof, Germany. (Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images Europe)
Chris Paul #3 (Wake Forest) and Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers head downcourt after getting a loose ball from Stephen Curry #30 (Duke) of the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on January 2, 2013 in Oakland, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America)
The hat of the late Tony Greig, former England Test cricket captain turned commentator; is seen resting on the stumps ahead of play during day one of the Third Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 3, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images AsiaPac)
De'Anthony Thomas #6 of the Oregon Ducks returns the opening kickoff for a touchdown against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. Game over. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats scores a second quarter touchdown against the defense of Ifo Ekpre-Olomu #14 of the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Oregon Ducks fans Karnajo and John Free of Olympia, Washington pose prior to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 3, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)










Thursday, January 3, 2013

A(MME)CC* Bowl Roll Continues

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The new and greatly expanded  A(MME)CC’s rise to world dominance in college football took another major step forward as the new conference’s darling Louisville knocked off SEC powerhouse Florida in last night’s Sugar Bowl.

Like any good A(MME)CC team, the Cards scored on a pick six on the opening play from scrimmage and never looked back, dominating the obviously overrated Gators.

Back in November A(MME)CC Commissioner John Swofford said, "With its aggressive approach to excellence in every respect, the University of Louisville will enhance our league's culture and commitment to the cornerstones we were founded on 60 years ago. The University of Louisville is an outstanding addition…If you look at what has been done over the last 15 months, the ACC has only gotten stronger with the additions of Louisville, Notre Dame, Pitt and Syracuse."

An unnamed source tells T.A.H. that last night during the Sugar Bowl a high ranking ACC conference official was heard to say “F**k Maryland, no way they beat any team from Florida.”

Then he said something about “student athletes, academic excellence, a golden dome and basketball.”

*Atlantic (Mountain Midwest East) Coast Conference. 

Oops…We Forgot Seth Curry, Charles Mitchell…Who’s Charles Mitchell?

CURRY (Lance King/Getty Images)
Don’t know how we missed this on Tuesday, but some of the staff at T.A.H. Worldwide Media may have been up late on New Year’s Eve…

Duke’s Seth Curry has been named the ACC Player of the Week while Maryland’s Charles Mitchell has been selected the conference’s Rookie of the Week.

Curry scored a career-high 31 points in top-ranked Duke’s 90-77 win over Santa Clara on Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Charlotte, N.C., senior went 12-of-18 from the field, including 4-of-7 from three-point range, and 3-of-4 from the foul line in recording his first 30+ point game as a Blue Devil. He also added three rebounds and an assist in 36 minutes of action. Curry scored 18 second half points, including 12 points during a 21-3 Blue Devil run early in the half that turned a four-point deficit into a 62-48 lead with 9:13 remaining.

Mitchell led Maryland to its 11th straight victory by coming off the bench and setting season highs with 19 points and 14 rebounds in a 79-50 win over Delaware State Saturday afternoon. The Marietta, Ga., freshman connected on 8-of-12 field goals, while seven of his 14 boards were on the offensive end. Mitchell, who ranks first among ACC freshmen with 6.9 rebounds per game, recorded a double-double for the third time this season.

ACC Wednesday Night Basketball

KELLY (Lance King/Getty Images)
#1 DUKE 67, Davidson 50. - Brian Kelly scored 18 points to help top-ranked Duke remain unbeaten with a victory over Davidson on Wednesday night.

Quinn Cook scored 15 points and Mason Plumlee scored eight of his 10 in the second half for the Blue Devils (13-0), who are one of only four undefeated teams remaining in Division I.Tyler Thornton added 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in the second half to spark Duke.

"For our guys to go 13-0 with our nonconference schedule is just magnificent," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "It's terrific."

The game was tied 29-all at halftime before Duke opened the second half with a 12-0 run. The Blue Devils, who led by as many as 19 in the second half, heated up from 3-point range after the break, going 3 for 4 in the early minutes of the period.


WAKE FOREST 66, Xavier 59 - Travis McKie scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Wake Forest responded to its only second-half deficit with a 12-0 run to defeat Xavier in the Skip Prosser Classic on Wednesday evening at the Joel Coliseum.

After Wake Forest (7-5) led by as many as 11 points early in the second half, Xavier (7-6) stormed back to take a 49-48 lead at the 6:58 mark. But the Demon Deacons responded immediately with a 12-0 run to push the lead back to 11 points with 2:34 remaining, and the Musketeers would not get closer than seven points the rest of the way.

Wake Forest now leads the Skip Prosser Classic 2-1 after also winning the opening game of the series against Xavier in January of 2010.

Codi Miller-McIntyre and C.J. Harris joined McKie in double figures. Miller-McIntyre scored 16 points on an efficient 6-of-7 shooting and also led the Deacons with three assists. Harris notched 15 points, including a 5-of-6 mark from the free throw line.

Freshman Devin Thomas dominated the boards, grabbing 14 rebounds that shattered his previous career-high of eight boards.

Recap

MIAMI 76, La Salle 59 - Shane Larkin and Durand Scott scored 18 points each to lead Miami to a victory over La Salle Wednesday night.

The Hurricanes (9-3) broke the game open with a 16-2 run midway through the second half. Larkin hit consecutive 3-pointers during the surge. The second of those, with 8:32 remaining, gave the Hurricanes their first double-digit lead at 57-47.

Erik Swoope's basket with 7:02 remaining ended the surge and increased Miami's lead to 61-47.
Trey McKinney Jones and Kenny Kadji finished with 14 points each for the Hurricanes, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Miami lost the final two games of the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii against Arizona and Indiana State on Dec. 24 and 25.


CARTER, Jr. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal & Constitution, Curtis Compton)
GEORGIA TECH 74, UT Chattanooga 58 - Marcus Georges-Hunt scored 16 points, fellow freshman Robert Carter Jr. had his third double-double and Georgia Tech defeated Chattanooga for its sixth straight victory.

Carter had 13 points and a career-best 12 rebounds as the Yellow Jackets (10-2) pulled away in the second half after a sluggish start. Mfon Udofia scored 14 points for Georgia Tech, which made 17 of 28 second-half shots and outrebounded Chattanooga 42-25 for the game.

The Yellow Jackets are 8-0 at their new McCamish Pavilion and open ACC play by hosting Miami on Saturday.

The Yellow Jackets broke the game open with a 16-6 second-half run, expanding a 40-33 lead with 4:20 gone to 56-39 with 8:30 remaining.

Kammeon Holsey had 10 points, Jason Morris scored nine and Daniel Miller contributed seven points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots.


Auburn 78, FLORIDA STATE 72 - Winners of four in a row before Wednesday night's game at Auburn, the Florida State men's basketball team won't be taking a handful of consecutive victories with them into conference play.

After falling to the Tigers, the Seminoles now begin their ACC schedule Saturday at 4 p.m. at Clemson.

The game at Auburn Arena saw Florida State (8-5) generate a 12-point first-half advantage but the Tigers (6-7) clawed back to within one at 36-35 by halftime and then grabbed their first lead since the 15:29 mark of the first period less than two minutes into the second half.

Play Time’s Over: ACC Regular Season Starts Saturday

VIRGINIA TECH @ MARYLAND, Noon, TV: ACCN/ESPN3

WAKE FOREST at DUKE, 12:00 PM, TV: ESPNU/WatchESPN

MIAMI @ GEORGIA TECH, 2:30 PM, TV: ACCN/ESPN3

FLORIDA SATE @ CLEMSON, 4:00 PM, TV: RSN

N.C. STATE @ BOSTON COLLEGE, 4:00 PM, TV: ESPN2

Sunday, Jan 6
NORTH CAROLINA @ VIRGINIA, 8:00 PM, TV: ESPNU/WatchESPN

Pictures Of The Day

Thirteen time Pro-Bowler (by way of The U.) Ray Lewis has announced his retirement after an “interesting” career. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images North America)
Have we mentioned recently that the Redskins beat the Cowboys to win the NFC East and that rookie running back Alfred Morris was named NFC Offense Player of the Week?  (Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)
Terell Floyd #19 of the Louisville Cardinals intercepts the ball and runs for a touchdown as Andre Debose #4 of the Florida Gators falls to the field in the first quarter of the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
An FSU fan says “Dog me.” (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali rides a golf cart onto the field to represent the Louisville Cardinals for the coin toss at the Allstate Sugar Bowl. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Welcome to the ACC! The Louisville Cardinals celebrate realizing they will soon be part of the greatest football conference ever – the ACC! And, they beat Florida during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Let’s Go Bowling: ACC Finishes 4-2

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Florida State and Virginia Tech win games they should have won while Georgia Tech and Clemson pulled off big upset victories that help the league’s beleaguered football reputation.

In short, Duke and N.C. State beat themselves with turnovers.

Complain all you want about your football coach, just be glad it’s not Lane Kiffin.

#13 FLORIDA STATE 31, #16 Northern Illinois 10 - Anxious to avoid an Orange Bowl shocker, the Florida State Seminoles kept getting tricked.

An onside kick fooled them, as did a fake punt, and a pooch punt by Northern Illinois' star quarterback.

But the final score was no surprise. Florida State had too much speed and depth for the Huskies and pulled away for a 31-10 victory Tuesday night.

Senior fullback Lonnie Pryor, voted the game's outstanding player, ran for a career-high 134 yards and two scores in only five carries. Senior EJ Manuel threw for 291 yards, while the Seminoles stuffed Huskies' QB and all-purpose threat Jordan Lynch for most of the night.

"We came out here and did what we had to do," Pryor said.

To read more, click here. 

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#14 CLEMSON 25, #9 LSU 24 - Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 14 Clemson a wild win over No. 9 Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Monday night.

Trailing 24-22, Clemson (11-2) took possession on its 20 with 1:39 remaining. Tajh Boyd completed a pass for 26 yards to DeAndre Hopkins on a fourth-and-16 play during the decisive 10-play drive.

Catanzaro's kick set off a wild celebration on the field and in the stands. Some players collapsed on the field in apparent disbelief while most of Clemson's orange jerseys met in a midfield circle.
Hopkins, who had 13 catches for 191 yards and two touchdowns, also had receptions for 7 and 13 yards in the final drive. LSU safety Greg Reid was flagged for pass interference while defending Hopkins.

Jeremy Hill ran for 124 yards and two touchdowns for LSU (10-3), which carried a 24-13 lead into the final quarter.

To read more, click here

(Mark Lambie/AP Photo)
GEORGIA TECH 21, USC 7 - Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to lead the Yellow Jackets to a 21-7 victory on Monday in front of a crowd of 47,922 at Sun Bowl Stadium.

"It was a really surprising day," Southern California coach Lane Kiffin said. "Coming down and turning the ball over, and with third-down efficiency, we really found no rhythm on offense. I thought we'd play much better on offense today. The storyline really came down to our inefficiency on offense, and obviously it starts with the head coach."

Washington's 1-yard touchdown run in the third made it 14-7, and he found Orwin Smith for a 17-yard touchdown pass in the fourth.

"I'm really proud of our football team," Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said. "I thought that they showed up and played with a lot of heart and a lot of determination, and I know Southern California has some really good football players. It was a hard-fought game."

To read more, click here.

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Vanderbuilt 38, N.C. STATE 24 - Jordan Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score as the Vanderbilt Commodores capped their best season since 1915 Monday by beating North Carolina State in the Music City Bowl.

The Commodores finished 9-4 for their best record since going 9-1 in 1915, and it's only the third time the smallest and only private university in the Southeastern Conference has won as many as nine games in a season. They also finished with seven straight wins, their longest streak since winning eight in 1948.

Vanderbilt forced a season-high five turnovers, including four in the first half, and turned those into 17 points.

N.C. State (7-6) wrapped up the season under interim coach Dana Bible snapping a two-game bowl winning streak. The Wolfpack had their fifth game this season with at least four turnovers, and that helped wipe out a 424-225 advantage in total offense.

To read more, click here. 

ACC Basketball Scoreboard

LANDRY NNOKO (AP Photo/The Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)  
JAN 1:
MARYLAND 81, IUPUI 63 - Maryland finished its tear through the non-conference portion of the schedule and coach Mark Turgeon is confident his team is finally ready for the challenge of ACC play.

Freshman guard Seth Allen scored 13 points and the Terrapins increased their winning streak to 12 games by beating IUPUI 81-63 Tuesday.

Logan Aronhalt came off the bench and finished with 10 points for the Terrapins (12-1). Maryland shot 54.7 percent (29 of 53) from the field.

Maryland has not lost since falling to then-No. 1 Kentucky 72-69 in the season opener. The Terrapins have their best record entering ACC play since 1998-1999 when they were 13-1. It is also Maryland's longest winning streak in 10 years.


CLEMSON 92, The Citadel 51 - Clemson produced season-best offensive numbers in terms of shooting percentage and points in a rout of The Citadel on Tuesday, the Tigers' final non-conference game prior to the start of ACC play. The win improved Clemson to 8-4, while dropping The Citadel to 3-8 on the season.

Adonis Filer scored a season-high 21 points, the most for a Tiger freshman since Terrence Oglesby had 21 against Puerto Rico-Mayaguez in 2007-08. Filer did not miss in seven field goal tries and was 3-4 from the line. He made all four of his three-point attempts, also a season-best. Jordan Roper, another freshman guard, added 13, while Damarcus Harrison chipped in 10.

The Tigers' 92 points were the most by the program since the 2009-10 season, when Oliver Purnell's final team posted 94 against College of Charleston. Clemson shot 61 percent and made 35 field goals.


DEC 31:
BOSTON COLLEGE 97, Darthmouth 58 - Freshman Joe Rahon hit all six of his 3-point attempts and scored a career-high 24 points to lead Boston College past Dartmouth on Monday afternoon in Conte Forum.

Rahon's 24 points are the most by an ACC freshman in a game this season. He was nearly perfect from the field, going 7-for-8 from the floor, 6-for-6 from beyond the arc and 4-for-4 from the foul line. He also had five assists and three rebounds.


LESLIE (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
#23 N.C. STATE 89, UNC Greensboro 68 - No team makes shots more frequently than North Carolina State, and that's largely because of the 23rd-ranked Wolfpack's quality depth.
C.J. Leslie led five players in double figures with 21 points in N.C. State's win over UNC Greensboro on Monday.

Scott Wood and Lorenzo Brown added 15 points apiece, and the Wolfpack (11-2) largely kept the Spartans off the boards after halftime while using a timely run to break open a surprisingly tight game. N.C. State outrebounded them 24-16 in the second half.

Richard Howell had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and T.J. Warren finished with 13 points for the nation's most accurate shooting team, which shot 53 percent in winning its seventh straight, matching its longest winning streak since 2008.

Things That Make You Go...

(Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
Hmmm...

Evidently, the USC Trojans (7-6) believed their role in the football universe was worthy of more than a Sun Bowl bid against 6-7 Georgia Tech even after losing four out of their last five games. Nothing went particularly well for the Trojans after that (including the game’s outcome) who caused a controversy when they showed up late to a Sun Bowl dinner event.

The perceived slight caused USC senior linebacker Tony Burnett (#34), to tweet this about the game, thier opponent and host city:

"Georgia Tech!? El Paso, Texas!? New Years Eve!? FML" and "if you never seen a real life giant tumbleweed get ready."

(In Twitterspeak, "FML" is shorthand for "F--- my life.")

Burnett later apologized.

Hey, Tony try winning a few more games next year. 

Quote Of The Day

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"This was a landmark win." – Clemson coach Dabo Swinney after the Tigers defeated LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Sign Of The Day: Eat More Klemsin

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Didn't work out that way, but you gotta admit it's funny...

Here, Jarvis Landry #80 of the LSU Tigers pulls in this touchdown reception against the Garry Peters #26 and Jonathan Meeks #5 of the Clemson Tigers during the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome. 

Pictures Of The Day

Southern California running back Silas Redd, left, dives into the end zone past Georgia Tech's Louis Young during the Sun Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in El Paso, Texas. (Mark Lambie/AP Photo)
Andre Hall #23 of the Vanderbilt Commodores defenses a pass intended for Quintin Payton #88 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at LP Field on December 31, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt won 38-24. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
 A fan of Florida State Seminoles poses for a photo with a car door around his neck as he tailgates prior to the Seminoles playing against the Northern Illinois Huskies during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Head coach James Franklin of the Vanderbilt Commodores gets showered with Gatorade at the end of the game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at LP Field on December 31, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. Vanderbilt won 38-24. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Tobais Palmer #4 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack gets tripped up on a kick return against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at LP Field on December 31, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Tajh Boyd #10 of the Clemson Tigers dives for a touchdown over Craig Loston #6 of the LSU Tigers during the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Chandler Catanzaro #39 of the Clemson Tigers kicks the game-winning field goal against the LSU Tigers during the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

DeAndre Hopkins #6 of the Clemson Tigers is upended by Eric Reid #1 and Lamin Barrow #57 of the LSU Tigers during the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Georgia Tech players celebrate their 21-7 win over Southern California in the Sun Bowl NCAA college football game, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in El Paso, Texas. (Victor Calzada/Atlanta Journal-Constitution)




Monday, December 31, 2012

Hail To The Redskins

(Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Our hometown Skins completed their improbable march to their first NFC East title and first home playoff game since 1999.

Last night, two deserve huge props - Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett and running back Alfred Morris (33 carries, 200 yards, 3 TDs).

Here, Morris scores a second quarter touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField on December 30, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. 
(Donald Miralle/Getty Images North America)



Sunday ACC Basketball Scoreboard

TOBEY (Sabrina Schaffer/Daily Progress)

VIRGINIA 74, Woford 39 - Mike Tobey scored 19 points and Virginia shot 63.8 percent beating Wofford on Sunday.

Akil Mitchell and Joe Harris added 15 points each for the Cavaliers (10-3), who rebounded from a loss to Old Dominion with one of their most complete performances of the season at both ends of the floor.

Spencer Collins led the Terriers (6-7) with 17 points while Wofford scoring leader Karl Cochran hit his only basket 47 seconds into the game and finished with five points (12 below his average) on 1-for-11 shooting. No other Terriers players scored more than four points.


Pictures Of The Day


A West Virginia Mountaineers fan watches as they face the Syracuse Orangein the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 29, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images North America)
Retired pro basketball player and former Tar Heel Kenny "The Jet" Smith raps with LA legend Dr. Geek after dining at Boa Steakhouse in West Hollywood. (PacificCoastNews.com)
Quarterbacks Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys and Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins talk following the Redskins 28-18 win at FedExField on December 30, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
A general view of the Bowling Green Falcons and San Jose State Spartans during the Military Bowl at RFK Stadium on December 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Rob Carr/Getty Images North America)


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